About 10 kms from Kohima, on the Kohima-Imphal road, lies the erstwhile sleepy village of Kisama. In December 2000, the Nagaland Government decided to showcase the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the 16 major tribes of Nagaland here. This was and is, the Hornbill Festival, a week-long saga of dance, drama and cultural displays. Organised by...more
In the centre of Kohima town, along the lovely slopes of the Garrison Hill, stands a mute testimony to the heroism of the besieged Kohima garrison during the famous Battle of Kohima (April 4 to June 22, 1944) during World War II. This was one of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat fought in the Eastern Sector and the most decisive as it forever...more
The Naga Institute of Culture, the forerunner of the State Museum, was established in November, 1964. Around 1970, the present building of the State Museum was constructed by the Art and Culture Department of the Government of Nagaland.Located within the town of Kohima itself, this two-storied structure with a basement and ground floor, houses the...more
Rajbari Park in the heart of the town houses the ruins of medieval Kachari kingdom. Although it is a protected monument with the Archeological Survey of India, the entire area is in a state of neglect with tall grass and weeds obstructing the view of the ruins.
There is a magnificently large brick gate that leads into an equally large park. You walk straight in along a brick-laid pathway towards a row of upright phallic-like monoliths with intricate carvings on them. These are well protected by a tall iron railing. Thereafter, you turn left and view what once was a large tank. It is now covered with grass and weeds. Further afield stands a lordly monolith, remote and foreboding. There are no signages to enlighten you what all these are about. The one near the main gate is broken and almost indecipherable.
You turn around and walk past another enclosure to your right full of odd-shaped rocks. Again, there is no sign to tell you what these are. If you go further along the pathway, you'll come across the fourth enclosure which has the most beautifully sculptured upright monoliths. The exit gate is to your right.
The broken signage by the Archeological Survey of India reads:
"RUINS OF A FORT AND MONOLITHS
The Kacharis an ancient tribe established their fortified capital on the bank of Dhansari river around 10 century and at Dimapur. The literal meaning of Dimapur is derived from Kachari synonym 'Di' 'Ma' and 'Pur' which stands for the great town on the banks of the river. These structural remains now lying at the site are mainly the remains of a brick built gateway and beautifully carved monolithic groups enclosed within the fortified complex. The stylistic features of the gateway suggest the Mughal architectural influence and can be placed around c. 16 Century AD. The ruins of Dimapur bear the testimony to the attainment of the Kacharis in town planning architecture and sculptural works."
First Written: Jun. 16, 2013